Devra G. Kleiman Memorial Scholarship for Wildlife Conservation
The Devra G. Kleiman Memorial Scholarship for Wildlife Conservation honors the life, work, and memory of Dr. Devra Gail Kleiman, former assistant research director and senior research scientist at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, DC. Widely regarded as a pioneer in the field of conservation biology, Dr. Kleiman was also the author of over 150 scientific and popular publications, editor or coeditor of several books, including the much-referenced Wild Mammals in Captivity, and a mentor to hundreds of students throughout the world. Dr. Kleiman is also well recognized for her contributions to environmental conservation in Brazil, most notably, for leading a cooperative international effort to save the golden lion tamarin and its Atlantic Coast rainforest habitat.
To celebrate Dr. Kleiman’s lifetime contributions to wildlife conservation and local capacity building in Brazil, ZCOG created the Devra G. Kleiman Memorial Scholarship for Wildlife Conservation, which provides annual scholarship funding to help support the participation of Brazilian zoo and aquarium personnel in professional training courses offered by the Association of Zoos & Aquarium’s (AZA). The scholarship is funded through ZCOG’s Devra G. Kleiman Memorial Trust for Wildlife Conservation.
For additional details about the Devra G. Kleiman Memorial Scholarship for Wildlife Conservation.
2019-2020 Program Year Applications:
The 2019-2020 application submission, review, and selection period has been completed. Congratulations to Hilari Hidasi of the Zoológico de Guarulhos for being selected as this year's Devra Kleiman Memorial Scholarship recipient.
Applicants must be employees or associates of a Brazilian zoo, aquarium, or related facility, and possess a functional proficiency in English. Preference is given to individuals that work in zoological institutions that hold membership in the Sociedade de Zoologicos e Aquarios do Brasil (SZB). Please consult the SZB website to verify whether or not your institution is an SZB member.
HOW TO APPLY
E-mail a copy of your completed application to
Please include a copy of your curriculum vitae (CV)
Send questions to
Applications and supporting materials must be submitted by 5:00PM Eastern Standard Time on August 1, 2019.
A committee comprised of representatives from ZCOG, the Brazilian zoo and aquarium community, and/or the AZA Professional Development Committee will review the applications and select the scholarship recipient.
Please visit the website blog of the Sociedade de Zoológicos e Aquarios do Brasil (SZB) for additional instructions in Portuguese.
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is supporting this memorial scholarship for the 2019-2020 program year.
Dr. Devra Gail Kleiman, former Assistant Research Director and Senior Research Scientist,
Smithsonian National Zoological Park.
Igor Oliveira Braga de Morais
Zoológico de Belo Horizonte (Brazil)
Fundação Zoológica de Belo Horizonte (Brazil)
Parque das Aves (Brazil)
Brasilia Zoo (Brazil)
Parque das Aves (Brazil)
Brasília Zoo (Brazil)
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DEVRA G. KLEIMAN MEMORIAL FUND for WILDLIFE CONSERVATION